PISCATAWAY, N.J.. – (Feb. 14, 2014) – The Rutgers wrestling team returns to the College Ave. Gym on Saturday, Feb. 15 for a match against Lock Haven beginning at 1 p.m. RU wrestled its last three duals on the road against ranked opponents, including No. 23/22 (USA Today Division I Coaches/ InterMat) Lehigh on Feb. 8, No. 17/17 Iowa State on Jan. 17 and No. 3/6 Cornell on Jan. 26.
The Scarlet Knights urge all fans to “Pack the Barn” for “Greek Day/Embrace Kids Day,” as a sellout will lead to a contribution for the Embrace Kids Foundation.
Families involved with Embrace Kids will receive a special $5 discounted admission price, while children 12 and under will be given the opportunity to sign up for the Junior Knights Club, which gives them free access to all RU olympic sporting events.
To get involved with the Embrace Kids Foundation, click here.
A pair of Flips™ Audio Headphones will be given away in a free student raffle, while the Greek organization with the largest representation will win a 60-inch Vizio flat screen television.
Furthermore, Rutgers will hold a sumo suit match at the intermission, with the winner also receiving a pair of Flips™ Audio Headphones.
RU fell, 27-9, to Lehigh its last time out in Bethlehem, Pa. Sophomore Ken Theobold (Toms River, N.J.) tied the match at 6-6 with a pin in the second bout, but Lehigh took seven of the next eight matchups to seal the win.
The Scarlet Knights enter the dual with one ranked grappler in No. 19/15/19 (AWN/InterMat/W.I.N.) redshirt sophomore heavyweight Billy Smith (Wantage, N.J.). Smith enters the weekend on an eight-match winning streak. RU had five wrestlers ranked in the second NCAA Division I Coaches’ Panel, released Thursday.
Redshirt senior 133-pounder Vinnie Dellefave (Toms River, N.J.) ranked No. 31 at 133 pounds, freshman Tyson Dippery (Harrisburg, Pa.) ranked No. 22 among 141 pounders, Thebold was ranked No. 32 at 149 pounds, sophomore Anthony Perrotti (Roseland, N.J.) was ranked No. 29 at 157 pounds and redshirt freshman Phil Bakuckas (Hammonton, N.J.) ranked No. 31 at 174 pounds. Smith pulled in the highest ranking at No. 11 among heavyweights.
Scouting the Eagles
Lock Haven enters the matchup 3-9 overall and 1-4 in the EWL. The Eagles defeated Cleveland State, 32-6, its last time out on Saturday Feb. 1 for their first win since topping Bucknell, 19-13, on Nov. 2.
Lock Haven enters the match without any ranked opponents, however, the Eagles had five grapplers ranked in the second NCAA Division I Coaches’ Panel, released Thursday. Wrestlers ranked in the panel include No. 32 133-pounder Cody Wheeler, No. 21 141-pounder Dan Neff, No. 30 165-pounder Jacob Kemerer, No. 27 184-pounder Fred Garcia and No. 20 149-pounder Maculay Maldarelli.
Lock Haven Projected Starters
Wt. Yr. Name Hometown/Previous School Overall Record/Dual
125 R-Fr. Kaleb LeMaire Rehoboth Beach, Del./Caesar Rodney 16-17/3-7
133 R-So. Cody Wheeler Towanda, Pa./Towanda 22-11/5-5
141 R-So. Dan Neff Quarryville, Pa./Solanco 28-7/ 8-4
149 Sr. Mac Maldarelli Merrick, N.Y./Nassau C.C. 29-13/5-5
157 Sr. Billy Randt York, Pa./West York 7-16/5-4
165 Sr. Jake Kemerer Greensburg, Pa./Hempfield 20-6/7-3
174 R-Jr. Dylan Caprio Mill Hall, Pa./Central Mountain 14-15/2-4
184 R-Jr. Fred Garcia Donora, Pa./Ringgold 21-6/10-2
197 R-So. Phil Sprenkle Seven Valleys, Pa./Dallastown 19-10/3-6
285 R-Jr. Cody Mason Jersey Shore, Pa./Jersey Shore 15-16/1-7
Rutgers Projected Starters
Wt. Yr. Name Hometown/Previous School Overall Record/Dual
125 Sean McCabe R-Fr. Connetquot, N.Y./ Connetquot HS 18-10 (4-5)
133 Vinnie Dellefave R-Sr. Toms River, N.J./ Toms River East HS 9-7 (7-5)
141 Tyson Dippery Fr. Harrisburg, Pa./ Central Dauphin HS 20-10 (8-4)
149 Ken Theobold So. Toms River, N.J./ Toms River HS South 17-10 (8-5)
157 Anthony Perrotti R-Fr. Roseland, N.J./ West Essex HS 12-10 (6-6)
165 Nick Visicaro R-Jr. Long Branch, N.J./ Long Branch HS 11-14 (5-9)
174 Phillip Bakuckas R-Fr. Hammonton, N.J./ Hammonton HS 13-9 (9-5)
184 Dan Seidenberg R-Sr. Red Bank, N.J./ Raritan HS 10-11 (6-7)
197 Hayden Hrymack So. Lincroft, N.J./ Christian Brothers Academy 13-12 (4-9)
HWT Billy Smith R-So. Wantage, N.J./ High Point 20-5 (11-2)
The Scarlet Knights last wrestling Lock Haven on Dec. 14, 2008, defeating the Eagles, 24-16. Since head coach Scott Goodale took over at Rutgers, RU is 1-1 against his alma mater.
RU Possible Starters vs. Current Eagles (Rutgers leads, 10-4)
• Freshman Scott DelVecchio (4-0): Defeated Ronnie Perry by a 17-5 major decision, Dilon Sulkosky by a 11-2 major decision and Kaleb Lemaire by fall (6:36) at the Jonathan Kaloust Bearcat Open on Nov. 10, 2013. Defeated Matthew Bryer by a 7-3 decision at the “Shorty” Hitchcock Memorial Classic on Jan. 19.
• Redshirt freshman Sean McCabe (2-2): Defeated Ronnie Perry by a 6-4 decision at the Jonathan Kaloust Bearcat Open on Nov. 10, 2013. Was defeated by Ronnie Perry by a 9-3 decision and an 8-6 decision and defeated James Sulkosky by a 5-2 decision at the 47th Annual East Stroudsburg Open on Nov. 17, 2013. Lost to Kaleb Lemaire by a 2-1 decision (TB1) at the 46th Annual East Stroudsburg Open on Nov. 17, 2012.
• Redshirt senior Vinnie Dellefave (1-0): Defeated Matthew Bryer by an 11-9 decision on Dec. 2, 2012.
• Sophomore Ken Theobold (0-1): Lost to Mac Maldarelli by a 4-3 decision at the Jonathan Kaloust Bearcat Open on Nov. 10, 2013.
• Redshirt freshman Phil Bakuckas (1-0): Defeated Travis Moyer by a 3-0 decision at the Jonathan Kaloust Bearcat Open on Nov. 10, 2013.
• Redshirt junior Nick Visicaro (1-0): Defeated Dylan Caprio by a 13-1 major decision at the 46th Annual East Stroudsburg Open on Nov. 17, 2012.
• Redshirt senior Dan Seidenberg (0-1): Lost to Fred Garcia by a 3-1 decision at the Jonathan Kaloust Bearcat Open on Nov. 10, 2013.
• Redshirt sophomore Billy Smith (1-0): Defeated Mauro Correnti by fall (2:18) at the Jonathan Kaloust Bearcat Open on Nov. 17, 2013.
About Embrace Kids
In 1991, a group of parents, staff and friends joined together to form The Institute for Children with Cancer and Blood Disorders. The original group has flourished into Embrace Kids Foundation, an impressive organization comprising parents of patients, working professionals, community leaders and college/high school students.
Embrace Kids Foundation provides over $1 million in services to children and families throughout the greater New Jersey area. The child patients range in age from infancy to young adulthood and encompass all ethnic and social backgrounds. Embrace Kids’ family programs and support services are available at absolutely no cost to the family. The organization is committed to enhancing the quality of life and relieving emotional, spiritual and financial concerns.
Embrace Kids’ support services include the David E. Zullo Pediatric Palliative Care (PACCT) Program, the Embrace Kids Learning Center, Embrace Kids with Tackle Sickle Cell, a Financial Assistance Program and other Family Support Services.
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